Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
Severe Weather Warning
for damaging winds
for people in the Wimmera, North Central, North East, South West, Central, West and South Gippsland and East Gippsland forecast districts
Issued at 4:34 am EST on Tuesday 26 July 2016.
A cold front south of the Bight will move rapidly eastwards on Tuesday, crossing Victoria on Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning. North to northwesterly winds will strengthen ahead of the front on Tuesday afternoon and evening.
DAMAGING WINDS around 50 to 60 km/h with peak gusts of 90 to 100 km/h are forecast for coastal parts of West and South Gippsland early Tuesday morning, particularly with passing showers or thunderstorms.
DAMAGING WINDS around 50 to 60 km/h with peak gusts of 90 to 100 km/h will redevelop on Tuesday afternoon and evening over parts of the Wimmera, North Central, North East, South West, Central, West and South Gippsland and East Gippsland forecast districts. Elevated areas are most at risk. Wind gusts around 110km/h are possible over Alpine areas.
Highest Wind gusts recorded Monday afternoon and overnight include:
Wilsons Promontory 130 km/h 9:01 pm Monday
Mt Gellibrand 126 km/h 4:38pm Monday
Mount William 111 km/h 4:21pm Monday
Cape Otway 109 km/h 10:55 pm Monday
St Kilda 94 km/h at 6:27 pm Monday
The State Emergency Service advises that people should:
- Move vehicles under cover or away from trees.
- Secure or put away loose items around your house, yard and balcony.
- Keep clear of fallen power lines.
For emergency help in floods and storms, ring your local SES Unit on 132 500.
The next warning will be issued by 11:00 am EST Tuesday.
This warning is also available through TV and Radio broadcasts; the Bureau's website at www.bom.gov.au or call 1300-659-217*.
The Bureau and State Emergency Service would appreciate this warning being broadcast regularly.